Story by Pete Ramirez
Graphic by Kate Korepova
Let’s face it, life is crazy right now and there is no sugar-coating it. In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to jump from one activity to the next, like a busy bumblebee flying from flower to flower collecting pollen.
Don’t you just want to take a break to catch your breath sometimes?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to try one of these three simple mindfulness exercises:
- Find a comfortable, quiet space.
- Sit, stand, or lay down.
- Take 10 deep breaths into your belly.
- Don’t force it.
- Find a comfortable place to sit.
- Set a timer for five minutes
- Close your eyes if it’s safe to do so or leave them open.
- Listen to the sounds around you.
- Hear the layers of sound that surround us throughout the day.
- Let the sounds come and go.
- Take a ten-minute walk.
- Focus on the world around you.
- Try to take in the minor details that usually get overlooked.
- Feel the sunshine on your skin.
- The wind through your hair.
- The ground beneath your feet.
If you did any of the exercises listed above, guess what?
You just practiced meditation!
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness meditations can have many beneficial effects on the body and mind such as decreased stress, improved sleep and improved attention span.
Here are a few additional tips:
- Don’t expect your thoughts to stop. Even master yogis deal with a never-ending stream of thoughts. A different way to think about it is telling each thought, “Hey! Welcome to the party.”
- Be kind to yourself. However you show up to the exercise is the right way.
- Allow yourself a few minutes to take a break everyday. Things will be ok.
- A few apps are available to help begin a meditation habit and you can also find countless guided meditations on YouTube.
Now, all together. Let’s take a deep breath in…
You got this.